Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Bookworm

Dr John Ashdown-Hill’s research was instrumental in finding Richard III’s remains and confirming that the skeleton was really his.  This lead earlier this year to a new edition of his book The Last Days of Richard III, originally published in 2010.  The title of the new edition The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA: The Book That Inspired the Dig tells us where it has been updated.

In July he has a new book coming out – Royal Marriage Secrets.  It covers quite a wide time-scale – ending up with the little known case involving the present Queen’s grandfather.  But it contains quite a bit of Ricardian interest.  Edward IV Eleanor and Elizabeth, of course, but also when is a Tudor not a Tudor, and samples of medieval love spells and potions in case anyone should want to try them!  I have pre-ordered my copy and am waiting for it with eager anticipation.

Meanwhile John has been spending time underground in the burial vault of the Duke and Duchess of Clarence.  Are they still there?  How did George – and Isabel – really die?  Why did George turn out the way he did?  And what did he really look like?  He is trying to answer these and other questions in a new book called The Third Plantagenet.  According to the Book Depository it should be out on 3 March 2014.

The picture on the left shows John Ashdown-Hill’s suggestion for the cover design. (Picture supplied by John Ashdown Hill)

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Stephen Lark

Looking forward to it as well.
I haven’t caught up with him for a while so I am not sure if he is aware of the problems with the first Beaufort (and only male progenitor among the quartet) possibly being a legitimate Swynford.

June 17th, 2013 at 21:24
Dorothea Preis

An explanation from Dr John Ashdown-Hill to Stephen’s comment:
I have recently been in contact with Dr Philippe Charlier, French expert who examined the heart of Richard I – the ‘Lion Heart’. Philippe is now examining remains of John of Lancaster, Duke of Bedford, who was buried at Rouen. He was unable to get DNA from Richard I’s heart, but he hopes to get it from the remains of the Duke of Bedford – and if he can the y-chromosome should match that of Bedford’s second cousin, Richard III – and reveal the y-chromosome of the whole Plantagenet dynasty. So even if the Beauforts are not, after all, bastards, but legitimate Swynfords, it might not matter!
I have put Dr Philippe Charlier in touch with Dr Turi King at Leicester, who is working on the Y-chromosome of Richard III.
Thank you, John!

June 20th, 2013 at 15:44

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